The chance is increasing that the Netherlands will have its first post war minority government, the Volkskrant reports on Friday, quoting sources close to the formation talks.

The paper says ‘a serious option’ to come out of this week’s informal talks is a decision to proceed with a VVD CDA cabinet which has the formal support of the anti-Islam PVV in parliament.

This will allow the CDA to get round objections to ruling with the anti-Islam party, frees Wilders from the responsibility of having to find ministers and gives him free reign to continue his anti-Islam campaign, the paper says.

It would also be beneficial to the Netherlands’ reputation abroad not to have the PVV in government.


The three party leaders – Mark Rutte, Maxime Verhagen and Geert Wilders – will discuss this week’s talks with MPs in three separate meetings at 1400 hours today.

Their talks have taken place at a secret location and without the presence of coalition negotiator Ruud Lubbers. He wants a decision from the the three leaders by Saturday 1200 hours.

Together the three parties control 76 seats of the 150-seat lower house of parliament.
If the three parties agree, negotiations on forming a right-wing cabinet will begin next week.

Wilders will be involved in drawing up the coalition agreement and will sign it, but will not be part of the government.

Danish situation

In Denmark, the far-right DPP has given its parliamentary support to a right-wing government for nine years and Wilders would do well to copy this, Danish MEP Morten Messerschmidt told the Volkskrant.

Wilders is often in Denmark and knows DPP leader Pia Kjaersgaard well.

‘The cabinet cannot do a thing without our support. In return we get our way in the fight against Islam and in tightening up immigration and integration policy,’ he told the paper.

Wilders has repeatedly said he would be happy to support a right-wing government which the PVV is not part of.


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